05 JUL 2018

Dr Dan Poulter calls on Government to respond to rising knife crime in County Town

Dr Dan Poulter, has called on Policing Minister, the Rt. Hon. Nick Hurd, MP to visit Ipswich urgently and meet with local Leaders and Suffolk Police to tackle the issue of rising knife crime in our county town, and to see for himself the challenges faced by the Ipswich communities.

Ipswich has seen an alarming increase in knife crimes together with other violent crimes, over the course of the last few years. While many towns and cities have experienced increasing knife crime, there are increasing concerns specifically about knife-related violence in Ipswich. Sadly, in recent weeks, Tavis Spencer-Aitkens – aged just 17, was tragically killed in a knife attack in the town.

Over the 13 months to March 31st this year, some 404 separate incidents, involving weapons such as knives and other blades, were recorded in Suffolk - a third more than in the previous year.

In a letter to the Minister, Dr Poulter said "Ipswich remains a wonderful town – it is a great place to live and do business, and a safe place to visit, but we do need, urgently, to work together to tackle the growing concerns about violent crime in the town."

"There are deep-seated problems behind this recent growth in violent crime and I know that there are a great many dedicated people working tirelessly in our public services and in our communities to help discourage our young people from a life of violence and crime. But they can't do this alone. Our Police, Councils and communities in Suffolk share a collective responsibility to stop this dreadful violence and that's why I have asked the Government to fulfil its share of this collective responsibility, and to help us to tackle the scourge of knife crime head on."

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